Steven L. Graff: Lawyer with Aird & Berlis LLP

Steven L. Graff

Toronto,  ON  Canada

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Practice Areas

  • Financial Services
  • Insolvency & Restructuring
  • Litigation
  • Gaming
  • Infrastructure
  • Distressed Real Estate Assets
University Faculty of Arts & Sciences, University of Toronto
Law SchoolUniversity of Western Ontario, LL.B., 1989
Admitted1991, Ontario


Canadian Bar Association (Bankruptcy, Insolvency and Restructuring Section)
Turnaround Management Association


Steven Graff joined the firm in 1989 and became a partner in 1994. He is a member of the firm's Financial Services and Litigation Groups.

Special Designations

Recommended by Chambers Global: The World's Leading Lawyers for Business as a top practitioner in Restructuring/Insolvency (Canada)

Noted in The Legal 500 Canada for his expertise in the practice area of Restructuring and Insolvency

Recognized in The Best Lawyers in Canada in the field of Insolvency and Financial Restructuring

Teaching Engagements

Instructor, Ontario Bar Admission Course Insolvency Section for nine years

Guest Lecturer, University of Toronto, Negotiations in Insolvency Matters


Steve is a senior member of the firm's Financial Services Group. His practice focuses on restructuring and insolvency, distressed lending and acquisitions. He also advises on a wide range of financing transactions. In addition, Steve manages an active corporate and litigation practice.

Steve has strong ties in the financial sector and acts as counsel for many of the Canadian Schedule I banks and other financial institutions on restructuring, security enforcement and recovery matters. He has also had the opportunity to represent landlords, municipalities, trade suppliers and debtors in all aspects of insolvency law, including bankruptcy, proposals, reorganizations, enforcement of security, and in protecting rights outside of insolvency proceedings. Steve has also represented several private debt and equity investors concerning their positions in various Canadian insolvencies and restructurings. Additionally, he acts on behalf of many of the well-known professional advisory firms in their roles as monitor, trustee in bankruptcy or receiver.

On the finance side, Steve is active in both asset-based lending as well as traditional cash flow lending on behalf of several institutional lenders.

Articles By this Lawyer

Insolvency Aspects of the Purchase and Sale of a Distressed Business in Canada

September 21, 2009
Steven Graff, Ian Aversa
When Things Go Bad - Practical Remedies for Landlords and Tenants in Dealing with Bankruptcy, Insolvency, Trustees and Receivers: The Choices Available to an Insolvent Tenant

March 6, 2009
Steven Graff, Ian Aversa

Reported CasesRepresentative Cases and Transactions: Steven Graff; List of Recent Mandates; Represented the purchaser of an import, distribution and wholesale toy business on the completion of a $5.6 million purchase, as well as the associated acquisition and operating financing of that business by a Schedule I Bank. Represented the shareholder vendors of Phase 4 Films group of companies, a leading full service independent studio in the United States and Canada, in connection with the share sale transaction with Entertainment One Ltd. (LSE:ETO), a leading international entertainment company that specializes in the acquisition, production and distribution of film and television content. Retained by the debentureholders of Pinetree Capital, a TSX listed company, in connection with the restructuring of Pinetree's debentureholder debt. Retained by Grant Thornton Limited, in its capacity as court-appointed monitor, receiver and manager and trustee in bankruptcy in the insolvency proceedings commenced by Redstone Investment Corporation and Redstone Capital Corporation under the CCAA. Retained by BDO Canada Limited, in its capacity as court-appointed monitor of BioExx Specialty Proteins Ltd. and BioExx Proteins of Saskatoon Inc. under the CCAA. Retained to act on behalf of Vanguard Shipping in connection with its filing under the CCAA. Retained to act for the landlord of 220 locations of Priszm Brands in connection with Priszm's filing under the CCAA. Retained by Extreme Fitness and its primary shareholder, a New York based hedge fund, in connection with Extreme's filing under the CCAA. Retained by various mortgage investment corporations in connection with the CCAA proceedings of Edgeworth Properties. Retained by Ernst & Young Inc. in its capacity as monitor appointed in the CCAA proceeding of Farley WinDoor Ltd. Retained by Buck or Two (formal name - Extreme Retail) in connection with its filing under the CCAA. Retained by BDO Dunwoody, the Monitor appointed in connection with the CCAA filing of Burlington Industries. Retained by an ad hoc committee of the unsecured noteholders of Frontera Copper Corporation in connection with Frontera's recapitalization and plan of arrangement under the Canada Business Corporations Act. Retained as independent counsel to Starfield Resources' board of directors in connection with Starfield's filing under the Bankruptcy and Insolvency Act (Canada). Retained by the Noteholders of Blue Note Mining in connection with Blue Note's filing under the CCAA. Retained to act for the DIP lenders in connection with Slater Steel's CCAA proceeding. Retained by a large automotive parts manufacturer in connection with its reorganization under the CCAA and Chapter 11 of the US Bankruptcy Code. Many ongoing mandates from various banking clients, including Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce, Bank of Montreal, Royal Bank of Canada and Business Development Bank of Canada.

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Steven L. Graff

181 Bay Street, Suite 1800
TorontoON M5J 2T9

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